The best TV to watch this Bank Holiday Monday

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Springwatch 2017


8pm, BBC2


The Springwatch team has a fantastic new home this year: Sherborne Estate situated in the rolling Cotswold hills. Here, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and Gillian Burke can expect to see otters, skylarks, corn buntings, stoats, red kites and possibly the rare Daubenton’s bats during their three-week sojourn. 

The programme is live so there’s no knowing in advance what they’ll see each night, but there will be regular outside broadcasts of a female peregrine in Salisbury, plus footage from inside a kingfisher nest and a colony of little egrets on the Somerset Levels. Even if you can’t tell a chaffinch from an osprey, it’s always a joy to see nature at such close quarters. 

Nature lovers should note that earlier in the day there’s a chance to see the impact of spring’s arrival around in the nation in Countryfile Spring Diaries (9am BBC1), while Springwatch Unsprung starts on BBC2 next Monday.

Doctor in the House

9pm, BBC1


Kiki is a fit, active 11-year-old boy who eats a healthy diet. So why does he weigh over 11 stone? It’s a case Dr Rangan Chatterjee needs to get his diagnostic teeth into. And there’s a thread of real emotion there, too, because Kiki has been overweight all his life and it’s no fun getting teased/bullied about his size: you respect his bravery for putting his problems out there on TV. 

While Dr R puzzles over his case, there’s another family in the Wirral to fix, a household where “food is surrounded by anxiety and stress”, not least for teenager Hoshi. 

When you see Hoshi shrink from a display of unwashed potatoes in a greengrocer’s because “They just look gross”, resist the urge to judge. Dr R is more enlightened: a condition called ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder) could be to blame.

May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10

8.30pm, C4/Sky News


The Prime Minister has so far resisted taking part in a televised debate with her rivals and, despite the programme title, she’s avoiding a head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn yet again. Instead the party leaders will take turns to be lightly grilled by Jeremy Paxman and face an audience Q&A hosted by Sky’s political editor, Faisal Islam. 

It remains to be seen whether Corbyn manages to ambush May as he did on ITV’s Facebook Live Q&A, when he sent in a question that asked, “Do you not think the British people deserve to see me and you debate live and on television?” 


2.45pm, Film4


As irresistible as the samba and bossa nova rhythms that pulsate throughout, this sunny animation from the Ice Age team is a vibrantly colourful and hugely enjoyable eye-catcher. Jesse Eisenberg voices Blu, a rare macaw taken back to Rio from Minnesota to mate with the last female of his species, Jewel (Anne Hathaway). But he’s a neurotic pet who is afraid of flying while she’s a wild free spirit.

Feathers are further ruffled when they’re kidnapped and chained together by exotic-bird smugglers. Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha ensures his flock of engaging characters (including a villainous cockatoo and a constantly drooling bulldog) soar from Busby Berkeley-style beginning to spectacular carnival finale.

There are the usual life lessons to be learned, but under Saldanha’s light touch they seamlessly blend with the airborne action and riotous musical interludes.

Finding Carter

Now TV



This US teen drama features Skins alumna Kathryn Prescott as Carter, a girl who discovers her beloved mother isn’t her mother – she’s the woman who abducted her as a toddler.